Sometimes the children in musicals are absolutely mind-blowing. And a lot of times the songs they sing are just the songs that I need to listen to when I’m stressed out of my mind because they calm me down. So this is my list of my favorite songs from musicals sung by children in musicals because right now, I’m stressed out of my mind as I’m sitting here, waiting to be called in for an interview with judges who read my paper.
· “Castle on a Cloud” from LES MISÉRABLES
o Okay, let’s be real here. I couldn’t not include this one on this list. “Castle on a Cloud” has a fairly simple tune but goodness’s sakes… it’s not a simple song in the least. It’s beautiful and it’s sad. And it’s wonderfully calming. Little Cosette has to be one of the strongest characters in musical theatre.
· “Mama, Wo Bist Du?” (“Mama, Where Are You?”) aus ELISABETH
o Yes, I know that Der Tod (the death) steps into this song but it’s only for about 10-15 seconds so I’m counting this one. This song is also yet another sad song sung by a child from a musical. Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria just wants his mother to tuck him in and say good night to him and it’s one of the cutest moments of the musical. And once again, the tune is absolutely calming.
· “Not While I’m Around” from SWEENEY TODD: DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
o Seriously, this is one of the most adorable songs ever. Toby’s devotion to Mrs. Lovett is one of the most heartwarming things that I have ever seen in my life. For a long time this is the song that I would put on when I was trying to go to sleep and it would repeat a few times and I would be out like that *snap*. I don’t know if I can even accurately explain this song because it’s just one of the best things ever. Josh Groban sings it really well (I know that he’s not a kid but…)! The version from the movie is also pretty good. For such a dark musical, you’d never generally expect something as sweet as this.
· “Giants in the Sky” from INTO THE WOODS
o Every time I hear this song, I think of my brother. Weird, I know, but it actually totally makes sense. Ever since the movie came out in 2014 (has it really been that long ago since the movie came out already?!) he’s loved singing this song and he actually sings it REALLY well. And so, beside it reminding me of my brother, this song is just really uplifting and easy to listen to. I can just sit back and relax while listening to it. I need to pull it up on my iPod right now… I could use it.
· “I Know Things Now” from INTO THE WOODS
o This song isn’t exactly soothing per say, but it’s definitely an easy-going, uplifting song that I like to listen to when I’m freaking out. When I first heard it was kinda “meh” about it. But I definitely warmed up to it with time.